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Who will be the nation's new Vera Lynn?

1 month ago   |   By The Spectator

One of the more bizarre moments in British life was when Prince Charles described Gary Barlow as a ‘national treasure' at an awards ceremony in London in 2012. Rather embarrassingly for His Royal Highness, the Take That singer was subsequently embroiled in a tax avoidance scheme for which he apologised in 2014.
Whoever coined the phrase ‘national treasure' has a lot to answer for, particularly when applying it to Gary Barlow. I'm of the same opinion as the correspondent to the Guardian who, in 2016, wrote to the paper to ask: “Who decides that someone should become a ‘national treasure'...
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